Prof Doc Fine Art (DFA)

University of East London (UEL)
United Kingdom
Doctoral Degree (PhD)
Study mode
Full-time, Part-time
3 years
Tuition fee (local)
US$ 17,820
Tuition fee (foreign)
US$ 47,520

Entry Requirements

  • Degree: Minimum 2.1 Honours in any discipline

Note: We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 

English Language Requirements: 

  • Overall IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).


Our doctoral course has three strands: creative practice, which is developing your art work; professional practice, which involves exhibiting, curating, teaching and commissions; and theoretical research.

You will spend your first six months developing your proposal, with the aim of locating your work in relation to contemporary art and developing critical habits.

You will make explicit the strategies already in use and open up new ones that will allow theory to inform, but not prescribe, your creative work.

The course is designed to accommodate the organic, foraging, unpredictable nature of art practice. So, for doctoral students, the proposal is not a project outline to be carried out but a starting point from which your work can move in unforeseen directions.

Your annual written reviews will serve as an ongoing record of your doctoral work. A showcase exhibition takes place each year when critics, curators and artists from outside the University are invited to critique the work.

Your doctoral thesis is your final exhibition of work, supported by a written report of 15,000 to 25,000 words.

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